I am running version 1.9.6 of NGG with WP 3.4.2. I am looking at my WP_OPTIONS table in MYSQL and see a huge amount of names and websites inside the "option_value" field in WP_OPTIONS. This entry is actually quite large.
This is all showing up in a row with option_name = '_transient_ngg_request_b3ba86fd0f2ae10ebb35517da90952a7'.
Matter of fact, there is a link to a place called haveagraceday.org which has been listed in Google's list of malware sites among all the names and URL's listed in that record in the WP_OPTIONS table.
OK - I have this entry in my WordPress database and would like to ask a few questions:
1. What exactly is this entry in WP_OPTIONS for?
2. How come there are so many links with so many names in my database? What is the purpose of listing all this stuff? Given there is a link there that is associated with a malware site, I am concerned.
3. Last but most important: is this entry in WP_OPTIONS necessary for the plugin to work properly?
If this is not an NGG related record that is fine, please just let me know. But given the key to the row has "transient_ngg_request", I thought this would be the appropriate place to ask.
Sure look forward to a prompt reply regarding these questions -